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The Real Town Behind This Year's Newbery Medal Winning Book

Dead End in Norvelt is based on a New Deal-era subsistence farming community in rural Pennsylvania.

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Where Urban Land Growth Is About to Explode

Regions where urbanization is likely to increase by 2030, and where it will have the most impact.

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Homeowners vs. Birds: the Depressing Probability of Window Collisions

Even more depressing: your bird feeder makes things worse.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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A Housing Project Upgrade Done Right

Outside Cincinnati, a deteriorated housing project is given a facelift without displacing residents.

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The Death and Life of Little Havana

While its historic character and culture has been strong for the last 50 years, the neighborhood's re-emergence is complicated by uncertainties.

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What to Consider in Deciding Whether to Rent or Buy

Updated data from metros across the United States.

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The New Narrowest House in the World

At its widest point, the Keret House in Warsaw is little more than 4 feet across.

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Flexibility Is Key in Retrofitting Suburbs

Designing adaptability will help suburban areas meet residents' needs over the long term.

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Foreclosure Crisis Opens and Closes a Treasure Trove of Parks

With one of the nation's highest foreclosure rates, Atlanta thought it had found the perfect opportunity to build more parks.

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Packing Up: Where People Are Moving In and Out

Large, expensive U.S. metros were more likely to lose residents this summer.

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Singapore: The Reluctant World Capital of Tiny Homes

The city-state is on its way to being overrun with pint-sized condos. The government wants it to stop.

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Berlin's Invisible Gentrifiers

The city's properties are being sucked up by out-of-towners who visit only a few weeks a year, turning neighborhoods into ghost towns.

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Pimp Your Block With Civic Bling

Need ideas for how to better your neighborhood? We've got 'em right here.

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These May Be The Least 'Livable' Cities, But They're the Future

Top-ranking cities have little relevance to emerging world cities.

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Multigenerational Communities or Bust

Cities that don't work for people of all ages risk stagnating in the past.

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How Long Will You Need to Save to Buy a Home In Your City?

You might earn more in places like San Francisco and New York – but it'll take you years to save for a down payment in those markets.

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Millennial Homeowners Are Especially Screwed

Young owners are more likely to be behind on mortgage payments. But there's good news, too.

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Nabe or Hood? A Brief History of Shortening 'Neighborhood'

Finding the origins of nabe proved easier than explaining its current popularity.